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Top 10% Deceased Economists, as of October 2018

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460 deceased authors have thus far been identified, about 0.8% of all authors.

1Gary S. Becker †

2Clive W. J. Granger †

3Zvi Griliches †

4Jean-Jacques Laffont †

5Halbert White †

6Paul A. Samuelson †

7Anthony Barnes Atkinson †

8Sherwin Rosen †

9Julio J. Rotemberg †

10RĂ¼diger Dornbusch †

11William J. Baumol †

12Martin Shubik †

13Jacob A. Mincer †

14Milton Friedman †

15Stephen A. Ross †

16Kenneth J. Arrow †

17James Tobin †

18Dale T. Mortensen †

19Allan H. Meltzer †

20Bruce D. Smith †

21George J. Stigler †

22David Backus †

23John M. Quigley †


Top 6%

In alphabetical order
S. Rao Aiyagari †, John McMillan †, James A. Mirrlees †, Wallace E. Oates †,

Top 7%

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Herschel I. Grossman †, Jack Hirshleifer †, Robert E. Lipsey †, Douglass C. North †, Piet Rietveld †,

Top 8%

In alphabetical order
Steven Klepper †, Ronald I. McKinnon †, Merton H. Miller †, Franco Modigliani †,

Top 9%

In alphabetical order
James M. Buchanan †, John Enrico DiNardo †, Michael Louis Mussa †, Alan C. Stockman †, Arnold Zellner †,

Top 10%

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Robert John LaLonde †, Elinor Ostrom †, Anna Jacobson Schwartz †, Reinhard Selten †,

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